New Year’s Prayer

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I have never made New Year’s resolutions in all of my almost sixty years of living in this body of mine. My journey has continually led me to focus on the present moment…what is happening now. It is this journey that has brought me to a place where I have grown comfortable with myself in my own skin. I have known success and failure. I have shed tears of joy and pain. I have been with life and death. I have let go of the judgement of myself and others toward me because of the love I have learned to have for myself. It continually teaches me to have love for the person next to me right where they are in the moment. I know I will always be on a path where I continue to learn, grow, and develop. Being present, awake, and mindful of who I am is what has helped me go forward and connect this moment to the next. Because I have become comfortable with myself, I have been able to benefit from the wisdom others have shared with me and learned how to take that into my life going forward. I am grateful this dance of life has brought me to this place.

 

Those who know me well are aware of the value I place on love and connection. I made a conscious decision a few years ago to let go of identifying myself by status and career and what the culture around us tells us is important, and committed myself to focus on love and connection. I left the security those things seemingly brought at the time and found security in my heart. This became my career, my focus. I value work and career as I have grown and developed through it and continue to work alongside others through which lives are made better from it. Yet I have chosen a path where it does not define me. I define me, and I do it within a mindfulness of love and connection. People often ask me why I’m always smiling, why I always seem so happy. I struggle with my own challenges and there are times I’m not smiling and happy, but I have learned to find my way back to the love I have for myself and to find love for others. It will always be an ongoing journey. 

 

My New Year’s prayer is for love and connection. As I challenge myself with each breath to follow this journey, I hope I continue to represent that each soul I encounter along its own path is of extraordinary value and worth, each soul worthy of my love. We share life on this small blue dot in the universe together. Our survival will only come through love and connection. I try to live in a way that each person I encounter feels comfortable with who they are in my presence and gives me that same experience in theirs. I alone am not capable or wise enough to solve the problems of the world in which we live, but I am capable of making a difference one life at a time through love and connection. I know my imperfections and I encounter those of others, but I know it is the reality of our imperfections that make us so perfect. 

 

One of my favorites quotes is that of Achilles in the movie Troy where he says, “The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” This reminds me always to live my life in a way where I am conscious of making a difference in the moment…through love and connection.

 

Jeff Buckley is one of my favorite artists, and his song New Year’s Prayer one of my favorites. I share the lyrics of this song as a prayer that we may continue to fall in light no matter where we are, and do so through love and connection.

 

Ooh, fall in light, fall in light, fall in light, fall in light

Feel no shame for what you are

Feel no shame for what you are

Feel no shame for what you are

Feel no shame for what you are

Feel no shame for what you are

As you now are in your blood, fall in light

 

Feel no shame for what you are

Feel no shame for what you are

Feel it as a water fall, fall in light

Ooh, fall in light, fall in light, fall in light

Ooh, fall in light, fall in light, fall in light

Grow in light

Stand absolved

Behind your electric chair, dancing

Stand absolved

Behind your electric chair, dancing

Past the sound within the sound

Past the voice within the voice

Leave your office, run past your funeral

Leave your home, car, leave your pulpit

Join us in the streets where we

Join us in the streets where we

Don’t belong, don’t belong

You and the stars, throwing light

Ooh, fall, fall

Ooh, fall in light, fall in light, fall in light

Ooh, fall in light, fall in light, fall in light

Grow in light

 

(Jeff Buckley – New Year’s Prayer)

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